Wis. doesn't have to bargain with big...

Wis. doesn't have to bargain with biggest unions

There are 4 comments on the KARE 11 TV story from Sep 22, 2011, titled Wis. doesn't have to bargain with biggest unions. In it, KARE 11 TV reports that:

Wisconsin will no longer be obligated to bargain with its largest public employee unions after the weakened labor groups decided Thursday against seeking recertification votes in the state at the forefront of this year's fight over union rights.

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Wake up America

Milwaukee, WI

#1 Sep 22, 2011
Huzza! screw you union thugs!
Milw TaxPayer

Waukesha, WI

#2 Sep 23, 2011
Funny how the Union can't maintain its members when members are given a CHOICE. The union can't get its own members vote to maintain certification!
Former union members will now have much more $$$ in their pocket now that the unions "hands" are no longer going to be automaticly pulling that dues money out of their wallets.

Thanks Gov. Walker for getting the unions out of the taxpayers wallets too!
Milw TaxPayer

Waukesha, WI

#3 Sep 27, 2011

A little follow up informaion on Wisc. Unions.
See below.

By Kevin Binversie

(Quote:)If Wisconsin’s public employee unions were hoping the state Senate recall elections this summer could have them exit with a bang, last week showed they instead are going out in a whimper.

Long a forgotten part of Wisconsin Act 10, public employee unions are required to hold annual recertification votes to maintain their status as a bargaining unit with the state government. Votes to continue certification would count only if union leaders were able to get affirmative votes from 51 percent of all members of the union. In the past, only a simple majority of those present at the election was required.

Union leaders say they aren’t holding the elections because a certification vote would be a waste of resources, and they would be better off serving their members in different ways. How they will able to do that is a quandary because without certification, they cannot bargain for their members.

Under Wisconsin labor law, the unions can still exist and still collect dues — albeit voluntarily since Act 10 eliminated the automatic collection of dues by the state. But without being the bargaining agent, the unions will morph into lobbyist groups. Telephone calls to Marty Beil, executive director of American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees Council Local 24, to discuss what the new legal status for the unions would detail, were not returned.

The reason public-sector unions are not holding election is more about an exercise in public perception than an exercise in labor leadership. Already the teaching assistants at University of Wisconsin campuses in Madison and Milwaukee held their recertification votes and lost. The unions made the announcement without releasing the elections’ margins. Additional losses at the union ballot box would give the public the idea that maybe even members of public-employee unions don’t see the need for the organizations.

So instead of the prospect of a laundry list of lost certification votes being made public, some unions went with the option of not holding them. Such a scenario could allow them to play the victim one last time to the actions of Gov. Walker and the Republican-led Legislature. It also allows for one final act of defiance before they flicker out in their current form. The unions are deciding that de facto death is a better option than a public relations disaster or giving legitimacy to Act 10 at all.

If the chant of “This is what Democracy looks like” was the battle cry of the protests earlier this year, the willful dismissal of elections for their members shows public employee union leaders in Wisconsin have little to no regard for those words beyond its use as a slogan. By putting public relations spin ahead of legitimately measuring the intent of their members, union leaders have shown clearly this fight was more about their power than their members’ rights.

Kevin Binversie is a Wisconsin native who has been blogging on the state’s political culture for more than eight years. He has served in the George W. Bush administration from 2007-2009, worked at the Heritage Foundation and has worked on numerous Wisconsin Republican campaigns in various capacities, most recently as research director for Ron Johnson for Senate.(end Quote)
Dikie Dumpka

United States

#4 Sep 29, 2011
How come all the union supporters demand that their entitlements and goodies are scared cows not to be touched.... yet these same progressive liberal union hypocrites see nothing wrong with stealing from those who worked hard to achieve the American Dream.
Spreading the wealth as long as it isn't theirs.

I hate unions

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